Several years ago I did a post titled 5 GPS features you don’t need. Thankfully the industry has winnowed things down some and the list is shorter, but it’s definitely time for a refresh. So read on and then chime in with your take.
I wish I could say that things have changed dramatically, but there’s only been incremental improvements in the reliability of traffic data. Live traffic seems to work best in the largest metros like LA, and while HD traffic holds promise, the roll out has been anything but smooth. Expect plenty of erroneous reports (false positives), as well as lots of bottlenecks going unreported (false negatives).
I can see the theoretical usefulness of this, but for the most part it feels like distracting eye candy. Something more realistic, from the perspective of the driver (as opposed to the birds-eye views we see now), might be more useful.
In theory this should be great, allowing you to see more of the what’s coming up on the map. But in reality, it’s probably best to have your GPS receiver take a lower profile, which means using it in landscape mode.
I know there are a ton of GPS Tracklog readers with a great deal of experience with different models over the years. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. More voices and perspectives are good, and many prospective buyers will be reading this. Chime in below!
Tomorrow we’ll take the opposite approach and look at features worth paying for.